Retired Brass Aim to Undo 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 17, 2008 6:19 PM CST
Andrew Chapin of New York City, takes part in a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 23, 2007.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – More than 100 retired generals and admirals called today for repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays so they can serve openly, the AP reports. The list of 104 former officers who signed the statement appears to signal growing support for resolving the status of gays in the military. Last year, 28 former generals and admirals signed a similar statement.

"Our service members are professionals who are able to work together effectively despite differences in race, gender, religion, and sexuality," the officers wrote. The move by the military veterans confronts the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama with a thorny political and cultural issue that dogged former President Bill Clinton early in his administration.